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How to trace stolen laptop via serial number

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a b D Laptop
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February 13, 2013 3:35:12 AM

call the police.
Forget about tracking a stolen laptop over the Internet using a MAC address -- it's not possible. This second-level information is not passed through the router to the third-level ISP (Internet Service Provider).

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February 13, 2013 3:52:03 AM

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February 13, 2013 1:49:05 PM

Generally, you have to have software already installed on the machine. The software will send a message to a server to indicate the machines location. Problem is when someone steals your machine they don't have your password and they wipe your OS and all of its software and reinstall. For the most part only something in the BIOS would work and that would be have to be tracked by the OEM (not very likely). People had a little fit when Intel proposed putting a serial number in the CPU. that leaves your OEM serial number as the only thing that might help to identify the machine if it is ever recovered.

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February 13, 2013 2:42:58 PM

johnbl said:
Generally, you have to have software already installed on the machine. The software will send a message to a server to indicate the machines location. Problem is when someone steals your machine they don't have your password and they wipe your OS and all of its software and reinstall. For the most part only something in the BIOS would work and that would be have to be tracked by the OEM (not very likely). People had a little fit when Intel proposed putting a serial number in the CPU. that leaves your OEM serial number as the only thing that might help to identify the machine if it is ever recovered.

Most newer laptops now have a tracing agent built into the BIOS by the manufacturer that will reactivate the tracing software even if the OS has been re-installed. Of course, you still need to subscribe to a Lojack service before the laptop is stolen for it to be traced.
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February 14, 2013 10:48:18 PM

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February 14, 2013 10:48:21 PM

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